Good pub food Liverpool

November 2, 2015

Thomas Rigbys, Liverpool

John O'Dowd of The BelvedereLiverpool loves its pubs.

So when we asked Liverpool Echo readers to select their favourites we were inundated with responses.

In no particular order, here's the most popular - but let us know which ones we missed in the comments section below.

* The Dispensary - Renshaw Street

The warm and welcoming Dispensary – or, as Dave sometimes calls it, the Dizzy – was named Camra’s Liverpool Pub of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and the Good Beer Guide singles out “the landlord’s impeccable attention to beer quality”.

Its seven hand pumps offer an ever-changing range of brews light and dark from breweries large and small.

* The Belvedere - Sugnall Street, Liverpool

Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac off Falkner Street, the Grade-II-listed building set in Liverpool's Georgian Quarter, the Belvedere blends traditional ales with it's very own 'Ginnasium' section of around 40 different gins, including its own Liverpool Gin.

* Ye Cracke - Rice Street, Liverpool

Off Hope Street lies John Lennon's famously frequented public house. With 150 years' worth of character and a healthy beer garden, there's much to lap up in one of Liverpool's oldest boozers.

* The Caledonia - Catharine Street

* The Pilgrim - Pilgrim Street

Down the cobbled streets just off Hope Street lies the Pilgrim. A fine mix of students, musicians and locals frequent this lively boozer which hosts gigs and is home to home to the Pilgrim Poets.

* The Fly In The Loaf - Hardman Street

A great stop off if headed from the city centre to the Philharmonic, wooden clad walls make for a warm welcome after walking through the old bakery doors with stained glass. Wooden pillars from floor to ceiling and arched doorways make the inside feeling more like a church to great beers rather than a pub. One unnoticed detail to the exterior is the Royal Crest with the words ‘By Appointment’ and below that the former owner’s name ‘Kirkland’ created by mosaics as you walk in.

* The Ship & Mitre - Dale Street

A regular haunt for real ale purists, artistic types and folks in the business district, The Ship & Mitre blends character with homely vibes plus a top menu for whisky and rum drinkers.

* The Swan - Wood Street

When it comes to hard-rocking boozers, The Swan is the definitive Liverpool pub. From the choice of hard liquor, heavy metal orientated vintage jukebox and biker clientele, the Swan is a must-visit experience.

* Baltic Fleet - 33A Wapping

It's thought The Baltic Fleet has been serving ale for around 400 years while suggestions four ghosts haunt the pub only serve to add further character to this Liverpool institution.

The cellar is now used to brew house ales in traditional copper kettles, giving the Baltic Fleet some completely individual drinks on its menu. Wood burning stoves heat patrons during the winter and old pub signs decorate the inside allowing for a brief look through the pub’s history while enjoying your pint.

* The Grapes - Mathew Street

A must for any Beatles fan, sitting in the heart of Mathew Street and a known jaunt for the Beatles between gig the Grapes. The backroom is now filled with all things memorabilia, photos and mementos.

* The Globe - Cases Street

'The Globe is a particularly expansive name for a pub which wouldn't be big enough to swing a bag of pork scratching in, ' enthuses one regular about this Liverpool favourite. January 18 2014 marks a special anniversary too – it will be 40 years since the Merseyside branch of Camra was launched in its back room - a plaque on the wall marks the occasion.


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